Michael Parkinson (1935-)
Michael Parkinson, journalist and television presenter, was born in Cudworth, Barnsley in 1935.
The son of a miner, he was educated at Barnsley Grammar School and passed two O-Levels: in Art and English Language. He was an enthusiatic club cricketer, and both he and his opening partner at Barnsley Cricket Club, Dickie Bird, had trials for Yorkshire. Parkinson began work as a journalist on local newspapers. He then worked as a reporter on the Manchester Guardian and later on the Daily Express in London.
During the 1960s, Parkinson moved into television, working on current affairs programmes for both the BBC and Manchester-based Granada Television. From 1969, he introduced a film review programme, before moving on to become a chat show host and a household name in the United Kingdom. Parkinson is best known for hosting his well-known show Parkinson. The show has been very successful and aired from 1971 to the present day.
Parkinson was honoured with a CBE in the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours List.